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Poster: Glenn Horton-Smith Date: Dec 12, 2013 9:31pm
Forum: web Subject: Re: Wayback error: Why page waybacked for day that hasn't happened and will never happen?

Yes, I have just encountered this problem too. Today is December 12, 2013, and the Wayback Machine is claiming it has a page archived from 4 days in the future.

In this case, I'm seeing that
https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.phys.ksu.edu/graduate/grad_guidelines.html
shows a latest wayback dated "Dec 16, 2013 23:55:00", which has not happened yet (4 days in the future). See screenshot attached.

The URL for the strange wayback is
https://web.archive.org/web/20131716255500/http://www.phys.ksu.edu/graduate/grad_guidelines.html
as can be seen in the screenshot in the browser status line at the bottom.

There is also wayback for May 22, 2013 15:10:47, and its URL is
https://web.archive.org/web/20130522151047/http://www.phys.ksu.edu/graduate/grad_guidelines.html
This URL makes sense. It looks like it's for the 2013th year, 5th month, 22nd day, 15th hour, 10th minute, and 47th second, as expected.

However, the /20131716255500/ in the "Dec 16, 2013 23:55:00" URL looks like the 17th month, 16th day, 25th hour, 55th minute. That doesn't make sense.

It seems like something is wrong. I really appreciate all the hard work of the archive.org people, and hope this problem can be fixed.

(Like EarthFurst said, if there is a better place to let archive.org know about this sort of problem, I'd appreciate knowing about it.)

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